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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (598 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ross Macdonald Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Lew Archer Series Release Date:
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As a mysterious fire rages through the hills above a privileged town in Southern California, Lew Archer tracks a missing child who may be the pawn in a marital struggle or the victim of a bizarre kidnapping. What he uncovers amid the ashes is murder — and a trail of motives as combustible as gasoline. The Underground Man is a detective novel of merciless suspense and tragic depth, with an unfaltering insight into the moral ambiguities at the heart of California's version of the American dream.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I should like to venture that Ross Macdonald is a better novelist than either…Dashiell Hammett or Raymond Chandler.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “[Grover Gardner’s] reading is impeccable. Characters ranging from a dumb blonde to a mentally challenged middle-aged man are presented with delicate yet distinguishable differences. Even the child’s voice is believable, with glimpses of youthful innocence, bravado, and fear.”


  • “What gives me special satisfaction about this novel is that no one but a good writer—this good writer—could have possibly brought it off. The Underground Man is Mr. Macdonald’s best book yet, I think. It is not only exhilaratingly well done; it is also very moving.”

    Eudora Welty

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jim | 12/30/2013

    " Why I decided to pick up McDonald, I don't know, but it was a pretty good story, but not great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alice | 8/23/2013

    " This a pretty good mistery. I enjoyed it. Felt the dialog was a bit stilted at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rae | 8/21/2013

    " Southern California is burning up and a little boy has vanished. Lew Archer investigates and is caught up in a complicated and tangled web of plot. A hardboiler. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ben Warner | 7/25/2013

    " A good California-noir with not much of an ending. "

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